As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less and less of a foundation wearer. My skin is changing in terms of dryness and texture and there are a few more lines for product to settle into these days. I’m also hyper aware of clogging my pores with unneeded make-up, especially since stubborn blemishes are harder to get rid of now more than ever. I much prefer dabbing a bit of concealer where I need it and setting everything with a bit of powder. This usually provides me with an easy and natural-looking base for every day wear. While I like how minimal this part of my make-up routine has become, the down side is that my foundation collection is pretty scarce. With my birthday and some wedding appointments around the corner, I’m in need of a good, dependable foundation to feel a bit more put together and presentable.
I’ve had my eye on Dior’s Backstage Face and Body Foundation since it launched a few months ago. The reviews I’ve seen online for this product praise it for being light-weight and natural looking, which is right up my ally. Sephora’s website describes this foundation as having “a natural, matte finish and medium, buildable coverage that’s waterproof and sweat-resistant”. It has a “waterproof formula that fuses with skin, resisting extreme conditions like workout sessions, water, and even high temperatures and humid environments. It can also be used to camouflage minor imperfections on the neck, shoulders, legs, or anywhere else”. This foundation line contains 40 shades with a fairly good range. Each bottle contains 1.6 fl. oz. of product and costs about $50 CAD.
I ordered this foundation online using Sephora’s app and struggled really hard with selecting a shade. I know. You’d think I would learn a lesson and just go to an actual Sephora to find my closest shade match for foundation and concealer. But no. I’m lazy and prefer laying on my couch in sweats while furiously researching shades and colour matches. I can also say with 100% certainty now that Sephora’s Shade Finder tool does not work. At least not for me. In my panic and despair, I used the Shade Finder to choose my closest match for this foundation and ended up with shade 1 Cool in my cart. I stared and squinted at it for a few minutes, trying to decipher through pixels if this would work for my super fair skin and ended up purchasing it despite knowing I was likely headed for trouble. Oh man was I right. This shade did not work at all for my skin tone and I ended up having to go to a Sephora and exchange it for 0 Neutral instead. Future Marisa won’t be so lazy and will save herself time by shade matching in person next time (probably not, but it’s good to have goals right?).
Before I get into talking about the foundation, I want to quickly discuss the packaging. It sucks. Honestly, that’s just the long and short of it. Sucky, sucky packaging. I mean let’s keep in mind that this is Dior. DIOR! I’ve just shelled out $50 CAD for this foundation and the bottle I get is this super strange and messy squeeze bottle. No. You’re the epitome of luxury and class, Dior. Do better. The photo on the left speaks for itself. This is how messy the bottle was when I first opened it. So you can only imagine the state it’s in now after three weeks of use. Absolutely hate.
Super terrible packaging aside, the product itself is great. The formula is very light and feels more like a BB cream or moisturizer than a foundation. I also found that the product blended effortlessly during application. I used a Beauty Blender, for a more natural-looking base, and hardly had to work to tap it into the skin. While Sephora describes this foundation as providing medium coverage, I personally found the coverage to be light, but able to be built up to low medium coverage. This foundation also wore well with my other products and didn’t cause any weird pilling or separating with my base make-up. I was able to wear it comfortably through an entire 8 hour work day with minimal to no touch-ups. Since it’s the dead of Winter here in Canada and I don’t wear make-up to the gym, I can’t really test the claim that this foundation is water-proof and sweat resistant. I’ll definitely have to try wearing it in the Summer, when there will undoubtedly be more than enough humidity and sweat to test the accuracy of this claim.
The Backstage Face and Body Foundation has definitely snuck it’s way more and more into my make-up routine. I love how effortless it is and appreciate how little i need to check up on my face make-up while I’m at work since wearing it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still not a full fledged foundation wearer. But when it comes to a special occasion, appointment or an important day at work, I do see myself relying on this foundation to get the job done (even if I am still cursing on the terrible packaging).
Have you tried Dior’s Backstage Face and Body Foundation? What were your thoughts? Did you hate the packaging as much as I did? Don’t forget to leave your comments below!